It has been estimated that 75 – 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems. Stress has both positive and negative effects on us physically, mentally and emotionally. While a certain amount of stress is needed to encourage change and to move one forward prolonged, insidious daily stressors such as getting stuck in traffic, endless “to-do” lists and work challenges slowly chips away at the body’s defenses. This can lead to changes in immune function that increase the risk of illness and affect the way the body heals. In our stressful lives, having the opportunity to come to a place where the body and mind can rest and rejuvenate is beneficial. Healing Touch techniques help to relieve energetic congestion to restore and balance energy that has been depleted due to stress.
Anxiety is also known as the “fight or flight response.” It is a normal emotion. Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety every now and then. For example, many people feel anxious when faced with a problem, finances, medical procedure or making an important decision. But when anxiety persists it can interfere with your daily lives and health putting an individual at greater risk for developing chronic medical conditions involving the heart, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems.
Healing Touch can put a person in a state of relaxation. Studies have shown that when a person is deeply relaxed, heart rate and blood pressure decrease and breathing becomes rhythmic and slow. This creates an optimal environment for the body’s natural immune resources to take over and promote mind-body healing.
Whether the pain is acute, chronic, arthritic, headache, migraine, post-operative or disease related the current mode of treatment is with the use of medications. While medications are effective they do have side effects. Healing Touch can provide supportive therapy. Each technique targets a different aspect of or obstacle to healing, working to reduce energy congestion, balance the flow of energy. Thereby, influencing the frequency, duration and amount of pain medication needed to control the pain.
The diagnosis of cancer brings feelings of stress, fear, anxiety and worry. Healing Touch assists you with managing symptoms, side effects, as well as the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects while undergoing treatment or living with the disease. It’s important to note Healing Touch is an integrative or complementary therapy in addition to not a substitute for your treatment, such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
Healing Touch improves the immune response with minimal decrease in natural killer cell cytotoxicity (natural killer cells play a role in fighting cancer) over the course of treatment. Improves cancer-related fatigue in people going through radiation treatment. Decreases pain intensity which may decrease the amount of pain medication needed, and subsequently decrease the side effects that pain medications can cause. Increases relaxation thereupon improves mood and relays a sense of well-being improving quality of your life.
The first step is recognizing that you are feeling depressed and seek appropriate help from a medical professional. With that said, the World Health Organization ranks depression as one of the world’s most disabling diseases. Nearly everyone has felt depressed, sad, or blue at one time or another. A depressed mood is a normal reaction to loss and life’s struggles. However, depression can become intense lasts for long periods affecting your own health, professional and personal relationships resulting in more physical and emotional stress which leads to its own host of health issues.
Healing Touch can be added as an adjunct to conventional therapeutic measures as a way to rebalance yourself mentally, emotionally and spiritually which affects you physically . Healing Touch can reduce overall mood disturbances over time by lowering the stress hormone cortisol and increase the feel-good hormone oxytocin.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) onset occurs when an individual is physically, mentally and emotionally unable to move on from a traumatic experience. When one relives the event through hallucinations, nightmares, memories or flashbacks the traumatic events are reintroduced to the mind, the body goes into the fight or flight mode.
Healing touch can assist with the release of emotions. The ability to release negative emotions without speaking about the incident can be a powerful and enlightening experience. Sometimes people do not realize how much they have stored inside their body. The body wants to heal itself, so if you can learn to let go and allow the body to release you can experience a new level of clarity and peace within your body and mind.
Interestingly enough, health is not simply defined as just the absence of disease. It is actually an ongoing process or lifestyle creating balance within you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Since each of these areas impact the other, the entire YOU, meaning all facets of one’s self, must work in harmony to achieve health/wellness. You need to put balanced energy into each aspect of yourself. This can be accomplished with routine maintenance Healing Touch sessions assisting you to connect, open and balance your energy field.
End of Life Care
Assisting with comfort, breathing, relaxation, tension and peace to ease the transition process. Additionally, healing can occur even when the physical body is unable to recover.
Being a caregiver is a privilege, as you are in the position to make a difference in the quality of someone’s life. Caregivers are often less likely to pay attention to their own needs which potentially puts them at high risk for stress related illnesses and burnout. Whether caring for a loved one or working as a health care professional, taking care of others takes a toll on your physical and mental well-being. Juggling the responsibilities of a caregiver while attending to your own self-care needs is a balancing act that requires conscious effort and action. Healing Touch is a successful holistic stress management method.